Written by David Neyens
LOT #734 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI SUPERBIRD – NO RESERVE
Wildly popular from inception, the NASCAR stock-car circuit continues to host some of the fiercest racing anywhere in the world, pitting automobile manufacturers against one another in one of the ultimate applications of the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” spirit. Special factory-available racing parts, larger-than-life personalities, and increasingly wild factory-built cars have always been essential to NASCAR’s appeal, most importantly fueling the hearts and minds of millions of fans flocking to dealer showrooms. Several peaks were reached during the 1950s and early 1960s, with America’s auto industry giants briefly pulling back from racing collectively in 1957, followed in 1963 by GM’s self-imposed racing ban.
Despite the various manufacturers’ official positions on factory-backed competition and the obvious risks associated with unleashing thinly disguised racing cars on America’s roads, the late 1960s saw increasing racing speeds. Engine development peaked with Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, and Pontiac all busy developing NASCAR-ready hardware for loyal racing teams. While Chevrolet and Ford were unable to qualify their new radical, low-production engines for NASCAR use, Chrysler’s mighty 426 cubic-inch HEMI engine first hit the track in 1964 and soon reached its development zenith by 1967/68, forcing engineers to realize that raw horsepower was no longer sufficient to win. Plymouth stalwart Richard Petty may have won 27 of 49 races during the 1968 NASCAR campaign in his HEMI-powered Plymouth Satellite, but arch-rival Ford enticed him to switch camps to a sleeker, purpose-built Torino Talladega for 1969.
Chrysler’s only hope of beating Ford on the new and extremely fast NASCAR superspeedways was to drastically reduce aerodynamic drag to unlock higher speeds. While the more specialized Dodge Charger 500 was a definite improvement, even more drastic measures were soon required for the NASCAR arms race against Ford. Using the latest wind-tunnel test data at Lockheed, Chrysler engineers devised a more radical solution in 1969 – the Charger Daytona. Featuring a bullet-style extended steel nose cone, chin spoiler, pop-up headlamps, and an outrageously tall but effective rear wing atop aircraft-style stabilizers, the Daytona sliced through the air and rewrote racing history as the first NASCAR competitor to break the 200-mph barrier. Just enough – 503 in all – were produced in time to qualify the wild Mopar for NASCAR. Debuted late in ’69 at the formidable new Talladega superspeedway, the Daytona scored its first win there with driver Richard Brickhouse.
Development of a Plymouth counterpart to the Daytona kicked off in June 1969 but temporarily halted that August before NASCAR announced a new 1,000-car production requirement or a number equal to half a company’s dealers, whichever was highest, giving the Superbird a new lease on life. Unknown to many enthusiasts, the Road Runner-based Superbird was quite different from the charger-based Daytona with no interchangeable body parts other than the hood and modified front fenders from the B-body Dodge Coronet. A textured vinyl roof covering hid the revised rear-window plug seams and the Superbird’s rear wing was even taller with the stabilizers/supports raked further back than those of the Daytona. Nearly four times more Superbirds were built than Daytonas, with Superbird production reaching 1,935 cars – all constructed between October 23 and about December 15, 1969. Encouraged by the Superbird’s speed potential, Richard Petty returned to the Plymouth fold for 1970. While he did not win the 1970 NASCAR Grand National championship, he did score eight of Plymouth’s 21 victories in 1970. Given their hefty pricing, specialized nature and wild looks, the Superbird was a slow seller, with many of these outlandish, extremely specialized cars often taking several years to finally leave dealer lots. Today, those very characteristics make the rare Superbird one of the most iconic and collectible American high-performance cars ever built.
Offered from the Lindley Collection of impeccable muscle cars, this Superbird is car #1723 of Plymouth’s infamous 1970 NASCAR wing car homologation program. One of just 135 Superbirds that left the factory with 426 HEMI power, this Superbird is rarer still as one of 77 built with Chrysler’s virtually bulletproof A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Retaining its matching-numbers engine, the Superbird is restored, refinished, and remains true to its specially-ordered, High Impact Code EV2 Tor-Red factory paint color as stated on the Trim Tag and Broadcast Sheet. The mighty HEMI’s
Title: AERO WARRIOR: 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird Selling With No Reserve
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Published Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2022 17:00:28 +0000
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PRAISEWORTHY PICKUPS: An Evolution From Wartime Workhorses to Modern-Day Masterpieces
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1953 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
It’s fair to say that pickup trucks are as deeply embedded in American culture as, well, baseball and apple pie. It was Henry Ford who originally took note of a preliminary pickup design the military was using during World War I and used that as a springboard to create the civilian pickup truck, which he integrated into a special Model T vehicle. Not to be outdone, Chevrolet came out with their Model 490 around the same time. Named for its $490 price tag, it was offered with the frame only – buyers had to purchase the cab, bed and body for the frame to complete the vehicle. Pickups became a mainstay on farms, in the military and in other industrial fields, such as construction, where hauling was a part of the job. Today’s pickup trucks have evolved into luxurious family-friendly vehicles loaded with incredible amenities to suit every taste. But in the past decade or so, a new evolution has taken place in the world of the pickup truck, and it’s very much on full display at every Barrett-Jackson auction. Those trucks from days gone by have proven to be the perfect canvas for customization. Talented builders have unleashed their creativity, transforming what used to be run-of-the-mill pickups into modern works of rolling high-tech art. Showcased here are some remarkable examples of pickup truck craftsmanship that would stop even Henry Ford in his tracks – all being offered with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. Register to bid today.
1953 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this nut-and-bolt restored custom 1953 Ford F-100 second-generation pickup is powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote twin-turbo engine paired with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission. The upgraded braking system features 6-piston brakes in the front and 4-piston in the rear, providing balanced braking performance. This truck features custom headlights, power steering and power windows. 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “SINISTER 56″ – NO RESERVE
Known as “Sinister 56,” this custom award-winning 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup is powered by a twin-turbo LS 427ci Redline Performance-built engine producing over 1,200rwhp, mated to a Bowler-built TREMEC T56 6-speed manual transmission. It rides on a GSI Machine and Fabrication chassis equipped with RideTech air suspension and AccuAir management system, allowing it to lay the rockers on the ground. The custom interior features a Vintage Air system, Dakota Digital instrumentation and a Mosconi stereo system with Focal speakers. The custom black walnut bed with a raised floor has an automated bed lift and a built-in beer cooler. 1979 CHEVROLET K5 BLAZER CUSTOM PICKUP “LOLITA” – NO RESERVE
Known as “Lolita,” this multiple-award-winning custom 1979 Chevrolet Blazer pickup is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 engine paired with a Chevrolet Performance Supermatic 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission. This unibody custom has been dyno-tuned at 600hp to the rear tire and features front and rear sway bars and tubular control arms, power rack & pinion steering, a fully built Ford 9-inch rear end, 4.10 gears and Moser axles. Stopping power is provided by Wilwood 14-inch 6-piston brakes. The custom interior includes Dakota Digital gauges, an Ididit tilt steering column, a Vintage Air system and a power window kit.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER’S 1977 MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG U1300 SE CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
This custom 1977 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300 SE pickup was previously owned by actor and former politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and is powered by a 6.4-liter inline 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine paired with an automatic transmission. In 2012 it was fully restored, modified and upgraded by Unimog Specialists Merex Mertec in Gaggenau, Germany. Included in the sale is a full file folder with pictures, documentation and certifications. 2,674 miles (title reads exempt).
1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “REDEFINED” – NO RESERVE
Award-winning “REDefined,” powered by a Don Hardy LSA engine boasting a Holly EFI and Whipple supercharger that collectively generates 850hp with 752 ft/lbs of torque. Equipped with a 4L80 automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end.
1970 CHEVROLET K10 CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE
This custom Hogan Built 1970 Chevrolet K10 factory short-bed pickup is powered by a GM Performance crate 525hp 6.2-liter LS3 engine mated to a Hughes 4L80 transmission and an Atlas transfer case. The aluminum block is refinished in its classic Hugger Orange and features a Holley intake topped with a 14-inch air cleaner. Under the truck there is a fully polished 3-inch TIG-welded
Title: PRAISEWORTHY PICKUPS: An Evolution From Wartime Workhorses to Modern-Day Masterpieces
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Published Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2023 23:40:36 +0000
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THE ARTISTRY OF CUSTOMIZATION: Builders Bring Their Best to Barrett-Jackson
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 PACKARD CUSTOM SPORTSTER “RITA” – NO RESERVE
As anyone who has witnessed The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions knows, you can expect the unexpected at any given event – particularly when it comes to custom cars. The 2024 Scottsdale Auction will be no different, with some incredible custom creations set to make their way across the famed auction block, a sampling of which are highlighted here.
These often include re-creations of exceptional collectibles, like Shelbys from the 1960s, or tributes to popular movie cars, like the ever-popular Eleanor of “Gone in 60 Seconds” fame. Then there are those that fall into the not-something-you-see-every-day category, such as a highly customized 1932 Willys named “Low Standard” that is toting its very own hot-rod tanker based on an early 1900s Standard Oil horse-drawn version.
Often builders really let their creative juices flow with the customs they bring to auction and reimagine the classics into something completely new and different. Bodies are chopped, door handles shaved, frames modified, accessories and modern technology added and – voila! – before you know it, you are looking at a 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in a whole new light.
Barrett-Jackson has always been at the forefront of the Resto-Mod movement, first hinted at when something completely different crossed the block during the 2002 Scottsdale Auction – a 1957 Ford called “The Intruder” and a 1954 Plymouth known as “The Sniper.” While they looked fairly stock on the outside, at the heart of the vehicles was the latest technology in terms of powertrain, suspension and more. Highly successful sales, they became the first of what was to become the Resto-Mod trend that continues to this day.
Be on the lookout for these incredible custom creations and more on the docket for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.
1958 PACKARD CUSTOM SPORTSTER “RITA” – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this custom 1958 Packard named “Rita” was built by Oz Kustoms and is powered by a stock original 289ci engine that was detailed and chromed. Finished in Lavender Pearl from House of Kolor, the exterior features a 5-inch chopped top, extended hood, fender and tailfins using frenched ’56 Packard taillights. It was completely molded, nosed and decked, the suicide doors were extended 8 inches and the cockpit area has been completely reshaped. The Pearl White and Lavender interior has a fabricated console, New Zealand lamb’s-wool carpeting and a pearl steering wheel made in Australia. It is equipped with an air-ride system and rolls on Packard 15×6 wire wheels wrapped in Coker tires. “Rita” has been a major show winner, debuting in 2016 in Pomona, CA; winning the Sam Barris Memorial Award at the Sacramento Autorama; was a feature entry at Concours on Rodeo in Beverly Hills, CA; and was shown overseas in Sweden and Norway. It has been on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. 1967 SHELBY GT500CR RE-CREATION – NO RESERVE
Created under license by Shelby Licensing, this is one of 25 all-carbon fiber GT500CRs built in 2022. More than 600 pounds lighter than the original 1967 Shelby GT500, this re-creation is powered by a third-generation Ford Performance 5.0-liter Magnuson VMP supercharged Coyote V8 engine paired with a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission. Casting a sinister presence with its raw carbon-fiber exterior, this unforgettable car features Dark Shadow racing stripes, and the body is fully wrapped in paint protection film. Featuring vertical stitching, the black leather Carroll Shelby Heritage interior includes Carroll Shelby’s distinctive signature on the dash, and it is also embroidered into the seatbacks. This car also features a wood-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, white shift knob and Shelby-branded white-faced Classic Instruments gauges. Other options include a Wilwood high-performance hydro-boost braking system, coilover suspension, air conditioning, an Alpine digital AM/FM CD stereo system driven by a trunk-mounted Focal amplifier, a custom-built Rick’s fuel tank, a rear-mounted Optima battery, and aluminum-accented clutch, brake and accelerator pedals. A front fascia/spoiler, twin close-coupled large-diameter driving lamps, a 1967 Shelby-style scooped hood, dual side-exit exhaust and handsome 10-spoke Shelby alloy wheels round out the visuals for this awesome, limited-production reinterpretation of Carroll Shelby’s Mustang-based GT500. 1966 CHEVROLET CHEVY II NOVA CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Built by Artistic Customs in Jasper, OR, this custom Pro-Touring 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova is a show-quality custom build powered by a new 525hp 6.2-liter GM Performance LS3 crate engine topped with
Title: THE ARTISTRY OF CUSTOMIZATION: Builders Bring Their Best to Barrett-Jackson
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Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 15:40:48 +0000
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THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul
Written by indepedent automotive journalist Steve Statham
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2017 FERRARI F12 TDF – NO RESERVE
Ferrari doesn’t do anything halfway. When the company releases a new model, almost inevitably the state of the sports car art is advanced. Each new Ferrari calls to mind past glories while setting the stage for new ones.
A perfect example is the 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF shown here, offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28, 2024. Finished in Bianco Fuji with Livrea Nero Stellato stripes, this Ferrari is a striking and purposeful balance of Grand Touring and competition influences.
The “TDF” in this case stands for Tour de France, an automotive endurance race held over several days across France, much like its bike-racing namesake. The origin of the race dates to 1899, although the race was held only intermittently in the early years. The race enjoyed a postwar revival starting in 1951, with a Ferrari 212 Export taking the victory. The following 13 years proved to be a golden age for sports car racing at the Tour de France, with Scuderia Ferrari usually taking the checkered flag. The 250 GT Berlinetta and 250 GTO were the dominant cars from 1956-64. Lucien Bianchi, a future 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, won the race three times in Ferraris during that span with his co-driver Olivier Gendebien, and a fourth time with co-driver Georges Berger.
It’s a rich part of Ferrari history worth remembering, and the F12 TDF pays proper homage. In keeping with that racing heritage, the F12 TDF has several performance enhancements over the F12 Berlinetta on which it is based. Aerodynamics are improved with a competition-inspired front splitter, as well as a longer and higher rear spoiler. Racing-derived strakes on the underbody channel air. Louvres on the quarter-panels extract air from the wheelwell, improving efficiency, and the rear defuser incorporates active flaps to aid stability at speed.
The F12 TDF saw the debut of Ferrari’s Virtual Short Wheelbase system, which utilizes an active rear axle to allow the wheels to pivot around a vertical axis. As Ferrari explained it, “The Virtual Short Wheelbase improves the car’s responsiveness to make it feel more agile, with instantaneous turn-in that can be best appreciated on twisty roads and on more technically challenging tracks while, at the same time, improving stability at high speed.”
The improvements in aerodynamics and chassis dynamics will be put to good use, given the pure thrust available. The F12 TDF is powered by a 6262cc V12 producing 770 horsepower and 520 ft/lbs of torque. The engine was designed for the outer limits of performance, with an 8,900 rpm redline, and has the ability to take the F12 TDF from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a rated top speed of 211 mph. As with every Ferrari engine, the V12 is a visual work of art, with red manifold accents that further tie this modern sports car to classic Ferraris from the past. The V12 is teamed with a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox specific to the F12 TDF, with shorter gear ratios that deliver faster upshifts and downshifts.
Delivering that power to the pavement are 20-inch forged Matte Black racing wheels, accented by blacked-out brake calipers. The F12 TDF comes with a high-performance anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Additional advanced electronics include F1 Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and E-Diff 3, a third generation of Ferrari’s electronic differential.
The cockpit is suitable for extended periods on track or on the highway. The Nero with Bianco stitched interior is enhanced with carbon-fiber accents, part of Ferrari’s plan to shave every excess ounce of weight. In keeping with the minimalist competition theme, the glove compartment was eliminated in the F12 TDF and replaced by knee padding.
The Ferrari F12 TDF offered at Scottsdale is one of only 799 built. Included in the sale are a build book and unopened luggage set. The luggage is as beautifully detailed as every other aspect of the car, decorated with prancing horses and F12 TDF emblems.
The F12 TDF celebrates a glorious racing heritage, but in a package that employs leading-edge technologically teamed with beautiful and modern, yet functional, design. That’s the combination that has always set Ferrari apart, both then and now.
For a chance to own this remarkable supercar, register to bid today.
Title: THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul
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Published Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2023 17:55:23 +0000
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